As if tonight’s score weren’t bothersome enough, things got much worse in the 5th inning, as Willson Contreras singled, reached first base … and immediately called for the training staff.
It looked like Contreras was pointing to the back of the leg (hamstring) on the way back to the dugout. https://t.co/h9oeUptRfQ
— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) May 1, 2021
Contreras has missed time before with a hamstring injury, and although you can come back from it without necessarily missing months and months, you almost always miss a chunk of time, especially if it’s bad enough that you pull yourself from a game. It goes without saying that losing Contreras for a month+ would be a serious issue for the Cubs.
Right now, Tony Wolters is the Cubs’ back-up catcher (Austin Romine has a long-term wrist injury), and the depth at Triple-A Iowa is P.J. Higgins, Tony Gushue, and Jose Lobaton. More when available.
UPDATE: The official designation from the Cubs is “mild right thigh tightness,” which is not a leg issue I think I’ve heard before. I anticipate we’ll get more information in the coming days, including whether Contreras winds up going for an MRI. Either way, you can expect a Tony Wolters start tomorrow.